Monday, August 17, 2009

First Day Fiasco!

So today was the first day back to school for both my little guys! Memphis getting ready for first grade at his same school. Wesley getting ready for fourth grade at a brand new school! Now I am nervous to begin with because this year half of his day will be mainstreamed with "typical" fourth graders. This is what we want for him, but can mom handle it. Kids can be so mean. My stomach is in knots about our first day. He has been to this school one time before, Thursday for Open House. Well our nanny gets him on the bus and sends him on his way. She calls me to let me know he did not have an aide on the bus. No big deal, right, just feel sorry for the driver who has to stop 300 times to have Wesley sit down in a seat, any seat! Wait, that aide is suppose to get him to his classroom. He is going to get off that bus and have no idea where to go. Wesley isn't very verbal either. He can't tell anyone what his name is. As a mom, I hit hysteria. OMG, what are we going to do. I am an hour away from his school, at work. By the time I get there it will be to late. I am calling any and every person that will listen to a hysterical mother rant about her child with special needs that is going to get lost when he gets off the bus. Eight plus phone calls later, everyone under the sun knows Wesley will not know where to go when he gets off the bus. The ESE department calls me at work to let me know they have gotten the message and they will have someone to direct him to his classroom for his first day of fourth grade! And that they are working very diligently to get an aide for the afternoon ride home as that should have been the case to begin with. Now that I can breath again, I can continue to worry about how nice or mean the other kids are going to be to him. I think he will do wonderful in a mainstreamed environment. If there is one thing Wesley is, it's social! God help us through the rest of the day!


  1. OMG I would have been a maniac too! Seriously would have panicked! Glad it worked out though and someone was there to show him where to go.
    By the way, I know how mean other kids can be, that seriously is one of the HUGE things that eats away at me when I send Makily to school. Makes me sick to my stomach.

    * the heck did I not know you had a blog!!!

  2. Wow I can't believe that Wesley is a 4th grader now! I am now the mainstream teacher in a 3rd grade inclusion class. I can tell you from my experiences that the mainstream teacher and the special educator work very hard to foster a family environment in inclusion classrooms. I started today, day one, discussing differences and friendships, and strengths and weaknesses. If his teachers do this, he will thrive in the inclusion setting! I hope you have a great school year!
    Heather Bone